Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro are well on course to obtaining their second number one album in the UK. The band are currently outselling the rest of the Top 5 albums combined in the midweek album charts.
Biffy Clyro last hit the number one spot back in 2013 with their seminal album ‘Opposites’ which sold 71,500 copies in its first week (a personal record for the band). Their new album ‘Ellipsis’ was released on July 8 and is already well on its way to eclipsing the figures achieved by ‘Opposites’.
‘Ellipsis’ is the Kilmarnock trio’s seventh studio album and was produced by Rich Costey. The album represents a return to the past in many ways and shares many of the same qualities with their earlier ‘pre-stadium’ albums, showing a fiercer more rough round the edges side of the band. Its lead track ‘Wolves of Winter’ was released on March 21 and charted at 174 in the UK singles chart.
174 may seem like a fairly underwhelming position for a lead single but it in no way reflects the current album sales. ‘Ellipsis’, despite being four days old is already outselling Adele’s ’25’, Rick Astley’s ’50’, Coldplay’s ‘Head Full of Dreams’ and ELO’s ‘All Over The World’ combined, and shows no sign of slowing down.
The wild popularity of ‘Ellipsis’ however, is no mere fluke. It’s arguably one of the most interesting albums of the year so far and definitely worth a listen. Here’s what singer Simon Neil had to say in a recent interview with the NME:
“We’ve always had people who think we’re great and people who think we’re terrible. I want it to be that way.” “I don’t want us to be a reliable band. No one wants ‘good old f*cking Biffy Clyro’. It’s not romantic or mysterious. I want it to be, ‘Those f*cking nut jobs? What are they doing?’ Hopefully this album will remind people we’re plugged into different mains.”